There was absolutely no mechanical alternation in my Defender. The engine was left as is.
There was upgrades like suspension and interior but thoese REQUIRED to make the ride bearable.
You have no idea the kind of land rover I had and its ride and comfort capability were unlike ANY OTHER DEFENDER in Pakistan. How many people in Pakistan do you know who have run a 110 in a rally and actually attained a podium position just 2 minutes behind a souped up Prado? So if none other, I atleast can comfortably comment on my Defender.
If you visit landrovernet.com or d-90.com, that most of the defender owners have made many many many modifications to their vehicles. Basically the sample design of land rover allows you to do so, and by the way many of them have ARB suspensions. The army specs springs that come as stock is not fit for humans. AgainI am in a position to say so, because I had extensively driven both stock and ARB and ARB cakes the cake anyday as it enchanes comfort and capability much beyond stock springs and shocks.
Having said all this and now having driven a Land Cruiser 105, I must say that LC are just as capable, they will take you any where where a Defender 110 can go, and bring you back, all that comfortably.
I must confess that Land Rovers are still very near and dear to my heart, and if I get an opportunity to buy a decent soft top 90, I'd do it in a heart beat and then once again do it all up. Not because its capable, but more because its a romance, a romance for Defenders that I have since Defender was my first off roader.
Dont worry about its low resale, thats just how things work in Pakistan. Mine actually was bought at a decent price. However I did not get any extra money for all the extras I had put in, ie suspension, grill, interior, uprated intercooler etc..
Sajid...for now a Toyota Fan.. and a big time at that (-:
LJ71 soon to be rally prepared
LC105 soon to be expedition prepared